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Top 2013 Australian Summer Music Festivals

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Published December 28th 2012
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December/January 2013


Summadayze 2013 will play host to The Chemical Brothers, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Mark Ronson, Kimbra, SBTRKT, Knife Party, Fedde Le Grand, Booka Shade and many more. Tickets are still available for this anticipated summer music festival - check with your local ticketing agency for more information. Plus many sideshows have been announced - head to the website for more details.

January 2013

So Frenchy, So Chic in the Park

One of the newest Summer music festivals is So Frenchy, So Chic in the Park. Currently held in only Melbourne and Sydney, the summer event is a celebration of French music, food and culture. In 2013, Mélanie Pain, Carmen Maria Vega, Revolver and Nadéah will entertain audiences - who will be dining on delightful picnics boxes and hampers. Tickets are still available for this great Summer festival.

Big Day Out 2013

The Big Day Out music festival returns in 2013 with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Foals, Alabama Shakes and Crystal Castles, just to name a few. In addition to the live music, there will also be fabulous festival food at Chowtown, the Mexican wrestling bar Lucha VaVOOM, The Lillypad and Foxtel MTV House Party.

As with most Big Day Out events, tickets have sold out, but you may be able to still catch a sideshow or two.


St Jerome's Laneway Festival

For something a little different, check out the St Jerome's Laneway Festival, which in 2013 will host the likes of Bat For Lashes, Tame Impala, Yeasayer, Policia, Divine Fits and Of Monsters & Men. Affectionately known as Laneway Festival, this indie music event began in Caledonian Lane in Melbourne 2004. It now tours Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and proudly presents both Australian and International acts. Tickets are currently on sale through the official website, plus a range of sideshows have also been announced.

February/March 2013


Metallica, Linkin Park, Blink-182, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Slayer, Cypress Hill, Bullet For My Valentine, Paramore and Garbage are just some of the highlights of Soundwave 2013. Originating in Perth, Soundwave began to tour Australia in 2007 and has swiftly become one of the major rock, metal and punk music festivals in Australia. As expected, tickets sold out in record time, but check out the Sidewaves, tickets are currently still available for some of the major acts.

What hasn't been mentioned and why

Good Vibrations - 2013 event yet to be announced.
Groovin The Moo - 2013 event yet to be announced
Raggamuffin Music Festival - 2013 event yet to be announced.
Australian V Festival - On hiatus since 2009.

*Article lists touring events, rather then one-off music festivals.
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Cool, very nice! Have you been to any of the other big music festivals in Oz? This article talks about a few, including The Byron Bay Bluesfest and Parklife:
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